Mar 13, 2007 6:18am
No way, Jose. Proof.
I will tell you why.
First, at that time I went to college a few hours from Buffalo. At that time, my fellow heads and I knew about evey date they were playing east of Chicago and did our best to attend them. We were at the January and February Fillmore East shows which occurred before this alleged show and, more to the point, the Capitol Theater shows in March----3--20 and 3--21. Not one person in the audience mentioned any Buffalo show. Something of this nature would have caused a major stir in the community. (Mind you, though we didn't have the internet, we had mouths. If said show had taken place, within a week, at least 10,000 heads would have claimed to have been there). Not a word. The Dead didn't sneeze without someone knowing and, most likely recording it. Almost every show in 1970 was recorded from the audience. Someone would have nailed this one.
Second: In April, they followed Miles at the Fillmore West. This was written up in Rolling Stone with several quotes from Phil and Jerry about how they would love to broaden their musical horizons and jam with the likes of Davis or, in Lesh's words, a classical orchestra--Philharmonic or modernist.
Third: such a show would have made it into at least one of the post Garcia books--Scully, McNalley, and certainly Lesh's book. There would be local aricles, not alleged recollections.
Forth, Owsley an/or Lemieux would have acknowledged the concert. Instead they merely maintain that Owsley was not on tour then and that no tape exists. Surely, they would have taped such an event, even without Owsley. And they would have at least acknowledged such an event.
As to Foss, his works were composed, not improvised, and no mention of this event is in his biography. Nothing is listed in the list of compositions.
But I was there, I swear it.
This post was modified by ghostofpig on 2007-03-13 13:18:20
This post was modified by ghostofpig on 2007-03-13 13:18:53